Most parents deal with a picky eating phase, but some parents’ journey with their child’s picky eating is a little more severe than others, and we’re going to cover it all today. [continue reading]
Some toddlers hate bath time because of the transition to bath time, but some toddlers have sensory issues that make bath time hard. [continue reading]
How can you best prepare your sensory child (and yourself) before a stressful event like going to a Doctor visit or going to the Dentist? I’ve got a list of practical tips and some mindset shifts that can set you up for success for the next time. [continue reading]
Did you know that there’s a difference between a meltdown and a tantrum? It’s important for parents and professionals to differentiate between the two because it gives us so much insight into our children and allows us to better support them in the best ways. Listen to this episode’s interview with Dr. AnnLouise Lockhart to find out how to identify the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum and some important tips to keep you on the right track. [continue reading]
One thing I’m always preaching to my clients, my in person clients, my virtual parent coaching clients and the parents in the Sensory WISE Solutions program is that it’s important to have the “sensory cup” talk with your child. You know, as long as they have the language capabilities to understand. It’s important for your child to understand that their brain processes sensory input differently and it’s even more important for them to understand that there’s nothing wrong with that. Listen to this episode to see how I talk about it with my 4 year old. [continue reading]
All behavior is a form of communication, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what our children are communicating. When kids hit, kick, spit, punch, throw or push, parents often ask me, “is this sensory or is it behavior?”
I’m here to end that debate once and for all. Well, maybe not end it, but at least help you reframe it.
Because what the real question should be is “What is it my child is trying to communicate with me right now?”
Listen to this episode to hear more about the sensory and behavior link. [continue reading]
So you have a sensory sensitive child who’s sensitive to seams of socks, mushy textured food, messy play, or toilets flushing. What should you do? Do you accommodate every environment and task for them so they can avoid the sensory triggers altogether? Does that make them spoiled? Should you force them to get used to it? Where do you draw the line? Listen to this episode to find out how I talk about accommodating vs. exposure. [continue reading]
One of the most common questions I get asked about is if children can have mixed thresholds, meaning seek some sensory input and be sensitive to others. The answer is yes! A child can have a whole grab-bag of surprises when it comes to sensory profiles and sensory processing challenges. Listen to the episode to find out more. [continue reading]
Forget thriving, how can we survive the holiday season with a neurodivergent child? Well I don’t have a magic wand, but I do have some tips for you to hopefully set you all up for success. Here’s a hint- it all has to do with building in familiar routines. [continue reading]
It’s our job as parents and educators to make sure that our children’s learning styles and sensory needs are supported and accommodated in the classroom. What are some of the classroom modifications and accommodations we can ask for to support our children with sensory differences? I’ll answer that in this podcast episode. [continue reading]
Ever wonder what the best preschool program would be for your child with SPD? Find out what questions you should be asking teachers and what to look out for when you tour preschools. [continue reading]
Halloween is coming up and if you have a child with SPD, you may be wondering how you can make it a successful night! I’ve got tips and tricks for you to prepare for Halloween, trick or treating and avoiding as much dysregulation as possible! [continue reading]
Sensory seekers tend to under-respond to sensory input, but the way a sensory seeker behaves and acts looks different than a child who has low registration that also under-responds to sensory input. This episode compares and contrasts the 2 profiles. [continue reading]
Let’s talk about what it can look like when a child has a low sensory threshold. These are known as the sensory sensitive children, sensory avoiders, hypersensitive children. They often go into fight or flight mode. This sensory profile can also overlap with anxiety.
Let’s talk about what it can look like when a child has a low sensory threshold. These are known as the sensory sensitive children, sensory avoiders, hypersensitive children. They often go into fight or flight mode. This sensory profile can also overlap with anxiety. [continue reading]
What exactly is Sensory Processing Disorder? Who can diagnose SPD? How can I get support if I suspect my child has SPD? I answer all these questions and more in this podcast episode. [continue reading]
Let’s talk about vestibular input. It’s more than just swinging and spinning. There’s actually 5 types of vestibular input, let’s learn about them! [continue reading]
*Note: this post contains affiliate links A high-stimulus environment like the dentist is always troubling as a parent of a [continue reading]
Even though Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is not currently listed as a DSM diagnosis, the presentation of SPD as a [continue reading]
So you do the heavy work, you do the home program your OT gives you and follow all the suggestions [continue reading]
If you have a child who has sensory sensitivities and is a sensory avoider, then you’re no stranger to their [continue reading]
I asked parents what’s the hardest thing about implementing a sensory diet at home and the number 1 answer was, [continue reading]
I bet if you went to Pinterest or instagram right this very second and typed in: “sensory play ideas”, you’d [continue reading]
Dealing with sensory issues with clothing in children is a daily battle. Sometimes, multiple times a day. But how do [continue reading]
A person with a mixed sensory threshold is someone who doesn’t respond consistently to sensory input in one specific way. For example, they may over respond to sound, but under-respond (and maybe even seek) other inputs, like touch and movement.
What exactly is proprioceptive input and why do Occupational Therapists keep talking about it? If you’ve never heard of the [continue reading]
We all know a kid who inherently NEEDs to move their body all day long. But have you ever noticed [continue reading]
Sensory dysregulation can look different for each child. Learn about common signs of dysregulation and how to support them in this blog.
*note: this post contains affiliate links Two of the most popular questions I get asked are :What is a sensory [continue reading]